Saying that he can no longer “sit on the sidelines,” Allen West on Sunday announced a run for Texas governor, launching a primary challenge against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
The outgoing Texas GOP chair – a controversial and outspoken former congressman from Florida – made his announcement in a campaign video he played during a July Fourth appearance at the Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas.
“There comes a time when a warrior understands that maybe he has to go back and pull out that sword,” West, who served in the Gulf War and the Iraq War before retiring from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel, said in the video. “I am now drawing my sword.”
“I have not been in elective political office for about a decade. But I can no longer sit on the sidelines and see what has happened in these United States of America, what is happening in the place that I call home,” West declared.
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